Petition to Amnesty International
Stop Execution of Marjan Davari
***اعدام مرجان داوری را متوقف کنید***
Français | Deutsch | Italiano | Español | 中文 | 日本語 | Dutch | فارسی 1,000,000 plus Signatures Campaign Dear Friends, The life of a 50-year-old female Iranian academic, educator and teacher is in danger of state-sanctioned murder. About: Marjan Davari is an inspiring woman who has spent her life studying, teaching, translating and researching philosophical texts, to find how truth in its many guises, can evoke goodwill amongst our community. She was born in Tehran, educated in England and Iran, the latter at the International Gifted School of Parthian. She continued her studies in Al- Zahra University and became attracted to research and translation of philosophic and ontological texts of East and West. Her contributions working as a researcher at the Institute for Metaphysical Studies and Research of Rah-e Ma’refat (Road of Wisdom) are original and of international significance. Her collected works and writings were kept in an archive and available for her students and other researchers but were confiscated by the security forces. Marjan is currently in the women’s prison located in Rey (Qarchak). She is suffering from severe joint pain in her legs and has not received sufficient medical treatment. She has devoted her life to the pursuit of truth, knowledge and ancient wisdom in the hope of spreading love and goodwill to all those around her. The Charges: • Conspiracy against the Islamic Regime This charge is false. Marjan’s work was not politically influenced or affiliated with government or Islamic beliefs. • Being a member of Eckenkar This charge is false. Marjan has translated some of their publications roughly 20 years ago. These includes “Talons of Time”, “The Seeker”, and “The Spiritual Exercises of ECK”. Marjan has never been a member of the Eckenkar community. • Spreading corruption on earth This charge is false. The meaning of this charge is so broad, it could encompass anything. Marjan has dedicated her life and research to spread love amongst people, not corruption. • Having a love affair This charge is false. There has been no evidence presented for this charge and thus Marjan cannot be found guilty. Timeline: September 2015: Arrested at her father’s home in Mehr Shahr in Karaj, west of Tehran. Held in solitary confinement in Evin Prison’s Ward 209 for three months which is controlled by the Intelligence Ministry. No access to a lawyer or any kind of legal consultancy. Eventually transferred to the Women’s Ward. March & October 2016: Interrogation and hearings session held in Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court. Presided over by Judge Salvati. February 2017: Transferred to the women’s prison in Rey.(Qarchak) 12th March 2017: Sentenced to death by the 15th branch of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran. Presided over by Judge Salvati. References: Link1 What needs to be done: We call upon Amnesty International to do all it can to refute this false verdict and stop the execution of Marjan Davari who is innocent of all charges. Marjan is an intelligent, valuable and significant part of our community. The charges are false. The verdict is unfounded and wrong. This is not how our country should meet its obligations to its citizens. These false accusations go against our obligations as citizens of the world. This is the 21st Century, innocent people should not be executed. Now her life is in grave peril and she needs our help. We demand freedom for Marjan! Please help us stop her execution and bring Marjan home by signing the petition. This kind of atrocity is far too common in Iran. By signing the petition we will give hope to Marjan and all innocent people who are suffering the same injustice.
Petition to Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles
Move Robert Pruett from Death Row
Robert Pruett was sentenced to 99 years in prison at the age of 15. He was convicted under Law of The Parties for a murder his father commited. Robert did not take part in the murder at all. Move forward a few years and Prison Officer Nagle was found in a pool of his own blood after being stabbed multiple times. Officer Nagle had been stabbed 8 times. Absolutely NO physical evidence linked Robert to this crime whatsoever, not even on the weapon that was laying next to the body. Robert was convicted and sentenced to death based purely on inmate testimonies that were purchased by being offered many things such as early parole recommendations and not only that, the testimonies were conflicting. Officer Nagle was in the process of revealing corruption within Texas Department of Criminal Justice and it has been confirmed by the victim's sister that Officer Nagle was receiving death threats in his locker at work that were NOT from inmates. Being so young and vulnerable, Robert was an easy target to frame for the murder. Robert Pruett does not deserve to be murdered by the State of Texas for something he did not do. If you only do one thing today, please sign this petition and get Robert Pruett moved off of Death Row.
Petition to Malcolm Turnbull
Plebiscite Regarding the Return of Capital Punishment to the Commonwealth of Australia
It was 1967, Victoria, when the last execution took place in Australia. Now fifty years later, our nation has abolished the use of capital punishment, prohibited individual state governments from reintroducing it, and let heinous crimes take place without prevention. In fifty years, we have seen so much advancement, heard so many voices, and watched the generations change. Humans have adapted to so many new things: technology, communication, cultures. Yet the federal government still believes that in all this time, the death penalty is not applicable. That men like Arthur Alliband, a convicted rapist, should be allowed to walk free after a small prison sentence and ruin the life of yet another young Australian girl. In March 2016, Arthur was released after 18 months from a 31 month sentence on parole. According to NSW Corrective Services, sentences less than 3 years do not require prisoners to be assessed and approved by the State Parole Authority. This is what allowed Arthur to walk free, and mere hours later after his release, sexually assault a 16 year old girl in Sydney on his way home from jail. That such a person, who was previously convicted with two counts of sexual assault on an underage girl, should be allowed to walk free is a clear failure of our justice system, and proves the inadequacy of current sentences for sex offenders. Fifty years ago, parents could rest easy while their sons and daughters walked to a friends house, or caught the train home. Fifty years later, this is not so, and still courts are forced to abide by out-of-date laws, preventing the death penalty from being given to rapists, murders, and terrorsits. The United Nations has worked hard to push for a world where capital punishment is erradicated, believing that due to possible mis-sentencing and the questioable nature of taking a human, it has no place in modern society. An argument of morality is hypocritical however, when by not executing men like Arthur Alliband, the legal systems lets not only one Australian daughter be abused, but two. When did sexual assault, of a child warrant a mere 31 months? When did a repeated offence, with another child warrant only a maximum of 54 months? That is the sentence that the judge passed on, wishing Arthur the best with his treatment. A poll in 2015 showed that 52.5 percent of a small majority of Australians believed that capital punishment should be reintroduced. The federal government, and even past Prime Ministers have shared this conflicting belief that the death penalty is applicable in some circumstances. Tony Abbott said that some crimes really make you question whether rehabilitation is possible, or even deserved, and if execution is perhaps the best avenue. John Howard, made a statement that if the Indonesian law stated that the Bali bombers should face death, than that law should be respected, but it was under his administration that over 100 members of parliament wrote to the Indonesian government to spare the lives of the two Bali Nine leaders that were sentenced to death. Barnaby Joyce also made news when suggesting that capital punishment should be discussed once again for Australia's future. With an indecisive government, and an Australian majority in favour of it's reintroduction, it is time for a compulsory national plebiscite to take place. This will allow the Australia public to be heard in their need for a reviewal of the capital punishment laws, and allow disgusting criminals like Arthur Alliband face the punishment that they clearly deserve.
Petition to Prime Minister Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif
Release and Repatriate Kulbhushan Jadhav
Mr Kulbhushan Jadhav a 46 year old Indian national and a former Indian Navy officer and currently a business man, travelled to the Chabahar Port area of Iran on a valid visa in or around February 2016 during the course of his business. This was not Mr Jadav's first visit to Iran; he had previously travelled to Iran on business. He has businesses based in Mumbai, India and in Iran. Mr Kulbhushan Jadhav failed to return to the place he was staying in Iran during this visit. It is believed that he was captured by a disperate group in the volatile region on the border between Iran and Pakistan. It is believed that Mr Kulbhushan Jadhav was targeted because he is an Indian national and formerly, an Officer in the Indian Navy. Mr Kulbhushan Jadhav was most likely handed to the Pakistani authorities by these Iranian groups in exchange for a reward. This is an accepted practice in the region. Reports support that Mr Kulbhushan Jadhav was kidnapped inside Iran by drug smugglers or by extremist group Jundullah with the support of Inter-Services Intelligence and handed over to Pakistan’s spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence. The narco-terrorist networks are at play in the region and merit additional scrutiny which evidently, Mr Kulbhushan Jadhav did not have. Media reports suggest that Mr Kulbhushan Jadhav was received into the Pakistani authorities on the 3rd of March, 2016. He was accused of "espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan". This is a standard charge against Indian nationals who have strayed accidentally or by force into Pakistani territory. Following a summary trial in a closed Court (not in public), Mr Kulbhushan Jadhav was convicted of the charges laid against him, namely of: "espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan". He was tried "through Field General Court Martial under the Pakistan Army Act PAA) and awarded the death sentence" according to Pakistan's Inter Services Public Relations statement released on Monday 10th of April, 2017. No indication was disclosed in relation to the execution Concerns:Mr Kulbhushan Jadhav's execution is imminent. By their own admission, there is lack of tangible evidence that Mr Kulbhushan Jadhav is a 'spy'. This was admitted by the Pakistani authorities and their Foreign Minister Sartaz Aziz:http://m.timesofindia.com/world/pakistan/Sartaz-Aziz-says-dossier-on-alleged-Indian-spy-Kulbhushan-Jadhav-didnt-have-conclusive-evidence-Pakistan-media-reports/articleshow/55856942.cms Mr Kulbhushan Jadhav was tried in a military court even although he is a civilian. The Pakistani authorities have not produced any forensic evidence linking Mr Jadhav to the alleged attacks in Pakistan that he supposed to be responsible for. Mr Jadhav's case is following the path of Mr Sarabjit Singh's case who was also convicted of 'esponiage' in very similar circumstances (Note: www.freesarabjitsingh.com Since his detention, Mr Kulbhushan Jadhav has been DENIED: 1. Access to Consular service despite repeated requests by the Indian authorities. At least sixteen formal requests have been made by the Indian authorities; 2. Access to independent legal advice; 3. Immediate access to an independent medical examination and assessment of his mental and physical condition. Access to the Red Cross. Mr Kulbhushan Jadhav has not been seen in public for over a year. 4. Contact with his family since his detention in or around March, 2016; 5. Contact with his Government; 6. Disclosure of the alleged evidence against him; Disclosure of the Prosecution's case, copy pleadings and forensic reports in support of their case; 7. Evidence that the death sentence was made following a judgment rendered by a competent Court - ICCPR (international Covenant on Civil and Political Rights) article 6, para. 2; 8. Fair trial; Mr Kulbhushan Jadhav's trial was conducted in Urdu - not the language spoken by Mr Jadhav; 9. Access to legal representation: Mr Kulbhushan Jadhav did not have legal representation and he was not provided with a copy of the case papers in relation to the case against him. The Pakistani media alleges that Mr Kulbhushan Jahdev has a 'right to appeal' and yet he has not been provided with the case papers and/or supporting evidence against him. Further, he has been denied access to an independent lawyer. So how can he be expected to assess and evaluate the case against him and exercise his alleged right to appeal without sight of the case against him? 10. His human rights, dignity and respect under international Conventions and law in relation to human rights. Mr Kulbhushan Jadhav is mostly likely to have been tortured as part of his interrogation by the Pakistani intelligence agencies. The undated video released by the Pakistani authorities in which Mr Jadhav 'confesses' to 'espionage' clearly indicates a confession obtained under duress. It is claimed that the video recording has been edited at least 127 times. The Pakistani authorities have made much of Mr Kulbhushan Jadav's passport; neither his video or his alleged passport has been subjected to independent examination and/or forensic interrogation by appropriate experts in accordance with the standards of evidence deemed to be admissible in Court. No further and/or recent video recordings of Mr Kulbhushan Yadhav have been released. His current physical and mental state is unknown. The Pakistani authorities must produce Mr Kulbhushan Jadhav in public and they must ensure that he has Consular access and facilitate his right to take independent legal advice. The case against Mr Kulbhushan Jadhav lacks facts and is solely based upon the Pakistani authorities' intense animosity and belligerency towards Indian nationals who have had the misfortune of entering Pakistani terroritory and ended being detained. So far in this case, the Pakistani authorities have demonstrated a blatant disregard and disrespect for the Rule of Law. We the undersigned urge the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif to release and repatriate Mr Kulbhushan Jadhav to his family in India. Further reading:Kulbhushan Jadhav: India to do 'whatever it takes' to help 'spy' http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-39563495 http://thediplomat.com/2016/06/will-the-chabahar-port-project-get-spoiled-by-regional-narco-terror-networks/